July 25, 2016


Flower Mound 3rd Ward


Elder Jacob Parsons

The Great Texodus

We don't have many update for you this week on investigators, we only

saw a couple of them as the rest are caught up in the great "Texodus."

This next week hopefully will be better. School is going to start here

soon so I thing families will be returning to get ready.

It seems like every week I have an increasing amount of super

spiritual moments where I get a glimpse of what it is like to have a

true eternal perspective or being fully commited to the Lord. These

experiences are very faith building and motivate me to try to follow

the Savior more so that I might continue to have those and ultimately

have my entire life feel that way all the time. One day I was sitting

waiting for Elder Parsons to finish getting ready so we could go out

for the day and I just had an amazing feeling, not quite the way I

remember the temple feeling but it was pretty powerful. I thought to

myself, "how can people not realize that this gospel is true? If

people heard what they are being told, that there is a prophet of God

on this earth with the power of God, would that not make so much sense

that they would long to join right then and there or at least

investigate it more?" I found myself ordering that question and I

realized that I could say, like the apostles of old, "to whom shall we

go? thou hast the words of eternal life."  I know that this gospel is

true, I don't know everything, not even close. But the spirit of God

has testified to me that this work is true. I feel like I know in the

way that Alma explained it - "a perfect knowledge." Nothing else could

make sense to me.

Anyways, that is that. This area is starting to grow even more. We are

starting to get thing moving. Last night we met with our Ward Mission

Leader and came up with an idea to run coordination meetings similar

to district meetings. This way, the meetings can have doctrinal and

principle instruction so the Ward missionaries can start to understand

Preach My Gospel. As they do, they will know their purpose more and

hopefully that will help start the members getting fired up. A big

problem in this Ward is the home teaching. The reports are saddening.

For the whole year the elders only have about 38% or so for the last

13 months. If the members aren't doing their home teaching, they

aren't going to do missionary work. The leaders are not sure what to

do to get the amount of home teaching to improve. They need help.

Well, that is about it for today! Sorry it's a little short haha.

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies

Video of me and some ducks that came up to me....


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